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REPORT: Recycled Antifreeze has 28% Lower Carbon Footprint

Recycled antifreeze has a lower carbon footprint than virgin, according to a study commissioned by Indiana based ORG CHEM Group, a specialist in the distillation of heat sensitive materials.

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Recycled antifreeze has a lower carbon footprint than virgin, according to a study commissioned by Indiana based ORG CHEM Group, a specialist in the distillation of heat sensitive materials.

The newly released study compared Carbon Footprint of Recycled Antifreeze vs. Virgin Antifreeze by analyzing energy consumption from the two processes.

According to ORG CHEM fleet managers can help meet their organisations' scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets by purchasing recycled antifreeze.
However, the company added that due to data limitations, a cradle-to-grave comparison was not possible, making the comparison conservative.

Despite the conservative approach, the company said that results indicate that recycled EG antifreeze was 28% less carbon intensive than virgin refined EG antifreeze based on the cradle-to-gate comparison conducted.

Virgin EG was found to have a carbon cost of ~ 6.026 kg CO2e/gal (3.79l), while the company’s own recycled EG was found to cost ~ 4.339kg CO2e/gal (3.79l).

The company added that recycled antifreeze fits within many purchasing guidelines, such as those followed by the US government.

ORG CHEM also pointed to the example of recycled motor oil, which is said serves as a precedent as a recycled chemical product that took time to gain acceptance, but which is now commonplace. 

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